Name: William Columbus CLICK "Billy"
Given Name: William Columbus
Birth: 7 Jan 1806 in Washington Co. Tennessee
Death: 20 Oct 1881 in Monroe Co. Tennessee
Burial: Click Family Cemetery, Monroe Co., Tennessee
Census: Living in household of James Gray, Sr Pg 244 1830 Cocke Co. Tennessee
Event: Dist 6 - same list as Geo L. Click
Tax listing 1839 Cocke Co. Tennessee
Census: (Parrottsville area) 1840 Cocke Co. Tennessee
Census: 1850 Dist 11, Cocke Co. Tennessee
Event: 1 blk female age 25, 1 blk female age 3
Slave Census 1850 Cocke Co. Tennessee
Census: 1880 District 12, Monroe Co. Tennessee
Change Date: 12 Sep 2010 at 22:15:45
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Title: William Columbus Click
Note: Contributed by Rob Young, his wife is descendant - Lives in Florida
Find A Grave Memorial# 58560132
William Columbus Click was born 7 Jan 1806 in Washington Co. Tennessee, t he son of HENRY JACKSON CLICK, SR and RUTH _____. The Click family is o f German descent.
There is a discrepancy between us researchers in the middle name of our W illiam. Some say it's Monroe and some say it's Columbus, so for lack of b etter clarification I will refer to him as Columbus Click SR. His tombst one has the letter "M" inscribed on it. There has been some speculation a bout how he signed his name possibly attributing to the "M". As soon a s I can find the clarification, I will let you know .
The childhood years of his life are unknown. But when he was 23 years ol d he married for the first time PHOEBE GRAY on 29 March 1829 in Washingto n Co. TN. She was the daughter of JAMES GRAY, SR and NANCY ANN CAMPBELL . Phoebe was born 1 Feb 1806 Washington Co. TN and her family was from Ma dison/Culpeper co. Virginia.
Shortly after their marriage, sometime in the early 1830's, they moved th eir family to Cocke Co. TN. They started a family about 1834 and had 5 ch ildren.
Sometime during the marriage to Phoebe Gray, William was given slaves b y her father, James Gray, Sr. On the 1860 Monroe Co. Census there is lis ted one slave woman and 6 children. No names are listed on that census o f the slaves. They evidently were released during the Civil War .
It is a puzzlement to me that he would own slaves and one of his sons, m y great grandfather, fought for the Union side during the war. The famil y tradition says he did not believe in slavery, kept them in Phoebe's nam e and that he released them probably after her death. (REF: 1860 SLAVE CE NSUS, MONROE CO. TENN LISTED AS SLAVEOWNER )
On my trip 12 July 1999 to Monroe Co. Tenn I visited with our cousin, Pru die Mae Wells Douglas Jaeger, and she told me a story about a young Blac k boy named Jerome that was raised by Grandpa Billy (as he was called ) & Katie. Their son, John Henry Duggan would sleep in the barn with Jero me while they were both growing up. Once Jerome was grown, Grandpa Bill y bought him new clothes and gave him money and he left Tennessee for Ne w York.
Phoebe developed a liver problem at an early age, and subsequently result ed in her death at the age of 43 years on 11 September 1849 in Newport, C ocke Co. Tenn. She is buried in the Click Family Cemetery there .
William was left a widower at the age of 43 years and 5 young children. H e evidently decided he needed someone to help care for his children and a bout 1850 he took a 2nd wife, CATHERINE WEAVER, who was 12 years his juni or. My what a brave soul to take on the task of 5 children .
Catherine was born 17 Aug 1818 TN and was the daughter of JOHN WEAVER an d ELIZABETH THOMAS, who settled in Cocke Co. TN from Sullivan Co. TN. The y started a family in the Summer of 1851, resulting in 6 more children .
Sometime after the Summer of 1851, William's family, along with his paren ts and other family members, left Cocke Co. Tennessee and moved to Monro e Co. Legend tells he took enough gold on the move to pay for the farm h e purchased in Monroe County for $1895 near Madisonville .
William was involved in the formation of the Madisonville Methodist Churc h, which was common for the German descendants. He occasionally, in th e absence of a preacher, led the congregation in their Sunday Services. T here evidently was a church close to their home that they attended becaus e Madisonville was 10 miles from their home, a day's journey in those day s.
William and Catherine spent the rest of their lives in the Madisonville a rea and are buried on their farm there, called the "CLICK FAMILY CEMETERY ". He died 20 October, 1881, at 75 years old .
I'm sure the life he had was hard and very trying raising a family of 1 1 children. Many descendants of William & Phoebe, as well as his 2nd wif e, Catherine, still reside in Tennessee .
After their deaths the farm was inherited by the youngest daughter, Rut h Sherman Click who married William Bryson Williams. A son of theirs, Law rence Boyd Williams was owner of the farm in the 1970's. He most likely i nherited when his parents died.
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1830 Census Cocke Co. Tennessee living in the household of James Gray, Sr
In this household is the following listing
1 male 20-30 yrs (William Click would be 24 yrs old)
1 male 59-60 yrs (James Gray, Sr)
2 females 20-30 yrs (Phoebe would be 24 yrs old & Luvenia 26 yrs old)
1 female age 50-60 yrs (Nancy Ann Campbell Gray)
NOTE: William is NOT in Washington Co Tenn nor Cocke County listings. Due to the fact that he and Phoebe were newly weds and had no children at this time, I feel confident they are living with her parents. Nor is he living with his parents in 1830. All the children for Henry are accounted for in the 1830 household.
1839 Tax List Cocke Co. Dist. 6
CLICK, Geo L 150
CLICK, Wm 200 1
same list as Jacob Faubion who lived near Parrottsville - another grandparent of Carolyn Whitkaer - paternal side
1840 Census Cocke Co. Tennessee, Pg 259 (Imgage 11)
2 males under 5 yrs
1 male 30-40 yrs
2 females under 5 yrs
1 female 20 to 30 yrs
living next door to Matthias Faubion which puts him along the French Broad River. Note: Matthias Faubion is the 3rd great grandfather of Carolyn Whitaker on her father's side. The rest of the family is living quite a distance page wise from William & Henry, Jr
Henry Jackson Click Jr is living pg 260
1850 Cocke Co. Tennessee, Dist 11, Pg 352, household #106, 24 Aug 1850 (image 17)
Clicke, William age 44 real estate $800 farmer
Mary age 16 Ten
James G. age 14 Ten
Amanda age 10 Ten
William R. age 8 Tenn
Lavina age 6 Tenn
living next door household #107 Lewis Anderson Click, Sr
1850 Cocke Co Tenn Slave Census
William Clicke District 11, Cocke, Tennessee
Age Gender Race
25 Female Black
3 Female Black
REF: MONROE CO. TENNESSEE RECORDS 1820-1870, VOL 1 by Reba Bayless Boyer
PG 156 DEED BOOK P - Pg 179 548 acres $1725
15 Oct 1853 John and Abraham McLemore of Monroe Co. to William Click of Cocke Co. Tennessee; land except 1/10 undivided part which belongs to brother Jackson McLemore.
witness David P Click & Frederick Weaver
Rec'd for Registration at 8 am June 7th 1855
PG 159 DEED BOOK P - pg 391 1/10th of 440 acres (44 acres) $170
26 June 1856 Andrew J. McLemore of Dade Co. Mo., to William Click of Monroe Co.; his undivided 1/10 as one of sons of Archibald McLemore, dec'd, late of Monroe Co.
ESTATE INVENTORIES FROM 1853-1858 MONROE COUNTY, TENN
ESTATE OF SUSAN GENTRY, WIFE OF ALLEN D. GENTRY
AMONG THE BUYER'S: WILLIAM CLICK - 3 HOGS $6.00
ESTATE WAS ADMINISTERED BY B. W. WHITE
1860 Census Monroe Co Tenn Sweetwater PO, Different Dist, Pg 324A, household #1934-1957
William Click age 54 farmer real estate $5000 personal $3000 Tenn
Catharine age 43 Tn
Wm R age 20 Tn
Luvenia age 19 Tn
Eliz age 10 Tn
E.S. age 8 Tn
Darcus age 6 Tn
M. L. age 4 female Tn
J H age 5 months Tn
1860 Slave census Monroe Co Tennessee
Wm Click dist 10 & 11
35 Female Black
9 Female Black
8 Male Black
6 Female Black
5 Female Black
4 Female Black
1 Male Black
DOCKET BOOK GUARDIANS & ADMINISTRATORS - MONROE CO. TENN 7 NOV 1864
DORCAS DENTON, EXECUTRIX OF ALFRED DENTON - BOND BY WILLIAM CLICK AND JAMES CLICK
Monroe Co Tennessee Deed book R pg 377 8 July 1867
Luthern M Blackman of Monroe Co to Eliska Bryant of McMinn County and William M Smith, John G Peace, Jefferson L Carson, William Clic, WCP Jones and John F Key of Monroe Co, trustees of Methodist Episcopal Church of Madisonville, Tenn
1870 Census Monroe Co. Tenn Dist 12 household #93-93, pg 111a, img 13
William Click age 64 Tn
Catherine age 51 Tn
Elbert age 18 Ten
Darcus age 16 Tn
Martha age 14 Tn
John age 10 Tn
Ruth age 6 Tn
Monroe Co Tenn
6 JUNE 1875 AMANDA HARTSELL, EXECUTRIX OF CHARLES HARTSELL - $1500 BOND BY WILLIAM CLICK & R.P. CROWDER
SOUTHERN CLAIMS COMMISSION REPORT - U.S. GOVERNMENT - CIVIL WAR
STATES THE REBELS THREATENED TO KILL HIM AND HIS FAMILY AND BURN THEIR HOUSE DOWN. HE HELPED UNION SOLDIERS DURING THE CIVIL WAR AND SUPPLIED GOODS TO THE UNION ARMY WHO WERE CAMPED A SHORT DISTANCE FROM HIS HOME. HE GAVE HIS TWO SONS, JAMES GRAY CLICK AND WILLIAM REGINALD CLICK MONEY TO TRAVEL TO KENTUCKY TO JOIN THE UNION ARMY. BENJAMIN C. PETTIT AND HIS DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH BARNETT WERE WITNESSES FOR HIS CLAIM.
1880 CENSUS MONROE CO. TENN DISTRICT 12 #141
Source: FHL Film 1255272 National Archives Film T9-1272 Page 91D
Relation Sex Marr Race Age Birthplace
William CLICK Self M M W 74 TN Occ: Farmer Fa: TN Mo: TN
Catherine CLICK Wife F M W 62 TN Occ: Keeping House Fa: TN Mo: TN
John D. CLICK Son M S W 20 TN Occ: Works On Farm Fa: TN Mo: TN
Ruth S CLICK Dau F S W 15 TN Occ: At Home Fa: TN Mo: TN
MONROE COUNTY TENNESSEE MARRIAGE RECORDS BOOK C PG 220
LISTS A BLACK WOMAN (PROBABLY EX-SLAVE OF WILLIAM)
DRUCILLA CLICK MARRIED TO ALFRED HUMPHREYS 16 DEC 1866
Monroe County, Tennessee Wills Vol 3, page 82-83, Roll #37, Tennessee State Library Archives, Nashville, TN
LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF WILLIAM CLICK
STATE OF TENNESSEE, MONROE COUNTY, DISTRICT NO. 12
MRS. CATHERINE CLICKS, dowery shall take the following boundary. Beginning at the big road at the MC LEMORE branch, running with the road to the line between me and MANDY HARTSELL, taking in the horse lot, crib, and stable. Also, the spring and orchard then back to the road, then running with the line to the River between me and MANDY HARTSEL and DORCUS DENTON. Then running down the River to the first mentioned point also said CATHERINE CLICK, shall have timber anywhere outside of the Dowery for the use of the Dowery. Also she shall have all property belonging to me when all debts is paid.
The proceeds of the rest of my farm shall go to my children untill the death of CATHERINE CLICK. Then all my land shall be sold to the highest bidder and the mony shall be equal divided among my children, also, all property belonging thereto.
Names of my children, MARY HENLY, JAMES CLICK, MANDY HAWKINS, WILLIAM CLICK, LUVENIA GRAY, ELIZABETH BARNETT, ELBERT CLICK, DORCUS WHITE, MARTHA BRYSON, JOHN CLICK, AND RUTH CLICK.
JOHN CLICK and RUTH CLICK is now not of age and I appoint ELBERT CLICK as their guardian. And, also, ELBERT CLICK and RUFUS WHITE to rent the land outside of the Dowery of CATHERINE CLICK.
JOHN CLICK and RUTH CLICK shall have one horse, bridle, and saddle each. Also the rest of the children shall have a saddle, except MARY HENLY, JAMES CLICK, WILLIAM CLICK, ELBERT CLICK. JOHN CLICK and RUTH CLICK shall have one milck cow, each. ALSO JOHN CLICK shall have one bead RUTH CLICK shal two beads, this 14 JUNE 1877.
ATTEST: E.E. GRIFFITH
J. H. HOWARD
(SEE PROBATE ON RECORD BOOK B, PAGE 61, November 7, 1881)
Monroe County, Tennessee Inventories of Estates, Vol D, June 1877 - Mar 1891, Page 149, Tennessee State Library Archives, Nashville, TN
INVENTORY OF PERSONAL PROPERTY
OF WILLIAM CLICK, DEC'D
TAKEN 3 day of May, 1882 to wit:
Corn unshucked in crib about 160 to 175 bushels, wheat 8 bushells, bacon 24 pieces 17 sides and 7 joints. Cattle two cows, one 2 year old steer, two yearlings and one calf. Sheep 4, old and 2 lambs, hogs 11, shoats, one sow & 2 pigs, one mare and colt, one wagon, part of old wagon and irons (pair of log pokers, sold for $6.00). One turning plow one dorible plow one, one harrow, grown chickens 15 & some broods.
House furniture 3 bed steads a few quilts, one large & one small table, one chist 8 or 10 chairs one side saddle one cook stove & utensils, 10 gals molasses & old barrels of lard cans one full of lard the other empty, one slop tub, one loom & utensils, one cedar & one tin bucket, one dish & one wash pan, one salt barrel, one meal barrel, one wheel, one wheat seive, 2 jars 3 crocks one bread tray, one meal sifter, one cupboard, some old plows, 4 stand of bees, one wash kettle, one hand saw
STATE OF TENNESSEE
I, W.M. SMITH do solemnly swear that the foregoing inventory is a true list of personal property found on hand belonging to the estate of WM CLICK, dec'd, which I have been able to find by dilligent search this 7 day of MAY 1882 W.M. SMITH, ADMIN.
Sworn to before me May 7, 1882 D.E. HARRIS, CLK
MONROE CO. TENN CHANCERY COURT RECORDS 1832 - 1878 BY REBA BAYLESS BOYER
PG 253 FILED 31 JAN 1887
ELBERT S. CLICK ET AL VS. RUFUS H. WHITE PETITION TO SELL LAND
WILLIAM CLICK DIES 20 OCT 1881 MONROE CO. TESTATE
LEAVES WIDOW CATHERINE - SHE DIED 28 OCT 1886
1) Mary wife of Isaac Henly of Meigs Co. Tn
2) James G. of Missouri (Greene Co.)
3) Amanda Hawkins, a widow, deceased
4) John H. D.
5) Lavinia Gray wife of Lewis Gray of Kansas
6) Elizabeth wife of J. M. Barnett
7) Elbert S
8) Darcas E. wife of Rufus H. White
9) Martha L. Bryson wife of Andrew L. Bryson
10) William R. a non resident
11) Ruth S. wife of W. B. Williams
Children of Amanda Hawkins deceased are: Phoebe, William H., James Hawkins, Mary wife of George Martin
W. M. SMITH ADMINISTRATOR OF WILLIAM CLICK DIED Dec 1886
Complainants dismiss the cause
Ref: Monroe Co. Tennessee
GHOST STORY BY ISAAC LINDSEY
Madisonville Democrat, Wednesday, April 1, 1942:
?Three Point---Speaking of queer things, here?s a little sketch of something my uncle, Isaac Lindsey, said he had seen several different times on the road near the Boyd Williams place, known as the old Billy Click farm: He said it was a ghost in the shape of a large man. He said the first time he saw it, it was standing at the side of the road. It jumped onto his horse behind him, placed its arms around his waist and it would seem as if this ghost would squeeze him to death; then it would get in front of him and place its hands on his shoulders, talking to him all the time.. Uncle Ike thought that a man by the name of Berle Blanton was dead. But this ghost told him that the man was living in Missouri, and that if he would write, he would get an answer. He said he wrote and got an answer from Berle Blanton. He said it rode with him something like a mile the first time, then got off on the side of the road, on a bank. He said he shot it and sparks of fire rolled out of it apparently by hundreds and it said, ?Mr. Lindsey, you can?t hurt me by shooting me; and you shouldn?t shoot.? So Uncle Ike put his gun in his pocket and didn?t offer to shoot again. He said the last time it rode with him, it told him when it dismounted that if he told what it told him not to tell, it would ?come back to see him.? I have heard him weep and tell this at different times.? ---Happy Girl.
20 MAR 1882 W.M. SMITH, ADMINISTRATOR OF WILLIAM (COLUMBUS) CLICK $600 BOND BY D.W. LATIMORE & JOHN B. MC GHEE
MONROE CO. TENN CEMETERY RECORDS
REF: GARY D. CLICK
ABOUT 1851 LEFT COCKE CO. TENNESSEE AND MOVED TO MONROE CO. TENN. TAKING ENOUGH GOLD ON THE TRIP TO PURCHASE THE LAND FROM MR. MC LEMORE IN THE SOAK COMMUNITY ALONG THE TELLICO RIVER ). THE CURRENT SITE IS NOW OWNED BY THE TVA AND THE CEMETERY ON THE FARM REMAINS, ALTHOUGH IN DISREPAIR.
REF: GARY D. CLICK -
HE TELLS THAT MY GRANDMOTHER, NELLIE EDITH CLICK THOMPSON WAS TOLD BY HER FATHER, WILLIAM REGINALD CLICK THAT WILLIAM COLUMBUS WAS GIVEN SLAVES BY THE PARENTS OF HIS WIFE, PHOEBE GRAY
REF: PRUDIE WELLS JAEGER NOTES - ON HER FAMILY GROUP FORM ON THE SIDE THERE IS THIS NAME AND ADDRESS:
FLORETTE MC GUIRE
247 S. HOBSON ST., MESA, ARIZONA 85204 PHONE 962-1885 (DON'T KNOW HOW SHE IS RELATED YET)
PRUDIE TOLD CAROLYN WHITAKER GRANDPA WAS CALLED "BILLY" CLICK
REF: GARY D. CLICK - TELEPHONE CONVERSATION 12 SEPT 1999
GARY HAS BEEN IN CONTACT WITH WANDA WILLIAMS BARRON AND ROB YOUNG AND GIVEN THEM INFORMATION.
WILLIAM COLUMBUS CLICK PURCHASED THE FAMILY BIBLE OF HIS FATHER AT HIS ESTATE SALE. IT IS LISTED IN THE INVENTORY OF HENRY CLICK.
WHEN GARY VISITED THE FAMILY CEMETERY IN MONROE CO. TN IN 1973 THE CORN CRIB, BARN, AND FOUNDATION OF THE HOUSE WERE STILL THERE. THE LAKE HAD NOT YET BEEN FLOODED AT THAT TIME. THERE WAS A TRAIL LEADING FROM THE CEMETERY DOWN TO THE BARN (VERY LARGE HAY BARN) & CORN CRIB. THE HOUSE WAS TO THE LEFT OF THE TRAIL.
HE HAS A LETTER ABOUT THE LATE 1890'S SENT TO WILLIAM REGINALD CLICK BY PHOEBE CLICK, DAUGHTER OF JAMES GRAY CLICK. SHE HAD MADE A TRIP TO TENNESSEE AND OBTAINED THE INFORMATION OUT OF THE FAMILY BIBLE OF WILLIAM COLUMBUS & PHOEBE GRAY. THE INFORMATION WAS THEN RECORDED IN THE BIBLE OF WILLIAM REGINALD CLICK OF WHICH GARY HAS IN HIS POSSESSION. AT THE TIME PHOEBE MADE THE TRIP WILLIAM CLICK'S BIBLE WAS IN THE POSSESSION OF MARY ANN CLICK HENLEY'S FAMILY.
GARY ALSO HAS THE ORIGINAL PORTRAIT OF WILLIAM COLUMBUS CLICK WHICH HAS BEEN CIRCULATING THROUGHOUT THE FAMILY THAT IS POSTED ON MY WEBSITE. IT WAS GIVEN TO HIM BY UNCLE WILLIAM EDGAR CLICK, SON OF WILLIAM REGINALD CLICK.
REF: PRUDIE WELLS JAEGER EMAIL 1 DEC 1999 REGARDING THE OLD CORN CRIB ON THE PROPERTY OF WILLIAM COLUMBUS CLICK WHICH WAS TAKEN TO GREENE CO. TENN AND RE-CONSTRUCTED AS THE REPLICA OF THE BIRTH PLACE OF DAVID CROCKETT. FATE CLICK HAD TOLD GARY D. CLICK BACK IN THE 1970'S THAT THE CORN CRIB FROM THE FAMILY FARM WAS USED FOR THIS PURPOSE.
THIS IS COUSIN PRUDIE'S NOTE ABOUT THE CORN CRIB:
"ABOUT THE LOGS; OF DAVIE CROCKETT CABIN , I REMEMBER FAITH CLICK TELLING ME THEY TOOK THE LOGS TO KNOXVILLE. THE SUMMER I STAY AT MY AUNT PRUDIE, SHE LIVE ON AUNT RUTH WILLIAM PLACE; I REMEMBER SEEING ALL THE OLD BUILDING THERE"
Fate Click gives the location of the log corn crib at New Market, Tennessee
Father: Henry Jackson CLICK Sr. b: 1781 in Richmond Co. Virginia
Mother: Ruth GRAHAM b: ABT 1781 in Virginia
Phoebe GRAY b: 1 Feb 1806 in Cocke Co. Tennessee
29 Mar 1829
in Cocke Co. Tennessee
- Mary Ann CLICK b: 29 Jan 1834 in Newport, Cocke Co., Tennessee
- James Gray CLICK b: 14 Jul 1837 in Newport, Cocke Co., Tennessee
- Amanda A. CLICK "Mandy" b: 1 Sep 1838 in Newport, Cocke Co., Tennessee
- William Reginald CLICK b: 24 May 1840 in Newport, Cocke Co., Tennessee
- Luvenia CLICK "Venie" b: 28 Oct 1841 in Newport, Cocke Co., Tennessee
Catherine WEAVER "Katie" b: 17 Oct 1818 in Tennessee
in Cocke Co., Tennessee
- Elizabeth CLICK b: 20 Jul 1851 in Cocke Co. Tennessee
- Elbert Sellis CLICK b: 28 Nov 1852 in Cocke Co. Tennessee
- Dorcas E. CLICK b: 20 Oct 1854 in Monroe Co. Tennessee
- Martha L. CLICK b: 26 Sep 1856 in Monroe Co., Tennessee
- John Henry Duggan CLICK b: 5 Feb 1860 in Monroe Co. Tennessee
- Ruth Sherman CLICK b: 20 Jun 1863 in Monroe Co. Tennessee